Tu­nisian pres­i­dent Rached re-elected

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TU­NIS—The pres­i­dent of Tu­nisia’s Is­lamist En­nahda party was re­elected Mon­day, as the group meets for a key congress to dis­cuss separat­ing re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rached Ghan­nouchi, who won the bal­lot com­fort­ably with 800 votes, about 570 more votes than the run­ner-up, said his party is keep­ing apace with changes in Tu­nisian so­ci­ety. En­nahda is a “Tu­nisian move­ment that is evolv­ing with. Tu­nisia and is part of its evo­lu­tion”, Ghan­nouchi said, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

“From to­day, we are se­ri­ously mov­ing to­wards be­com­ing a na­tional and civil po­lit­i­cal party with an Is­lamic core, which op­er­ates un­der the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion and in­spires Mus­lim and mod­ern val­ues,” he said.

Ghan­nouchi, 74 — an in­tel­lec­tual who once ad­vo­cated a strict ap­pli­ca­tion of Is­lamic law — founded the Is­lamic Ten­dency Move­ment in 1981 along with oth­ers in­spired by Egypt’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. The move­ment be­came En­nahda in 1989. Will Egypt’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood fol­low in Tu­nisia’s En­nahda foot­steps?

Banned un­der the dic­ta­tor­ship of strong­man Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the party was legalized af­ter the 2011 up­ris­ing that kicked off the Arab Spring and ousted the vet­eran leader. Ghan­nouchi, who lived in ex­ile for 20 years, re­turned to a tri­umphal wel­come af­ter the up­ris­ing and won post-rev­o­lu­tion elec­tions in Oc­to­ber 2011.—Agen­cies

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